Caring for Creation
Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 to show support for environmental protection. On this year's celebration, the Paris Agreement is scheduled to be signed by the United States, China, and some 120 other countries.
The paper, "Laudato Si': Making the connections" presents hermeneutical keys for Asian pastoral workers to enable them to promote the encycylical and its message, and to interpret its implications for local faith communities.
The Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG) has added its name to Interfaith Climate Change Statement and asks other Australian faith communities to do the same so the Paris Agreement can come into force as soon as possible.
The Marist Province committee for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPICC) has drawn attention to a new web site highlighting the plight of Pacific and other maritime countries in the face of climate change.
The Mercy International Association has a Cosmology-Ecojustice group which meets online every few months, convened by Sister Denise Boyle fmdm who highlights programmes, activities and advocacy concerns from the Australian sisters.
The Faith Ecology Network (FEN) is in the process of becoming part of the United Religions Initiative (URI), alllowing it to establish greater connections with organisations and networks around Australia. It is also seeking contributors for its blog on ecology issues from various faith perspectives.